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Review of Brinkman Adventures’ Season 6 – Underground Rising

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I love adding Audio Dramas to my family’s listening time, and so I was thrilled to receive the digital version of Season 6: Underground Rising from Brinkman Adventures for our listening pleasure.  Our family enjoys listening to audio dramas any time we travel, so this was the perfect fit for our family.  These Audio Missionary dramas will captivate your family.

Brinkman Adventures provides a thrilling radio show that tells true, modern missionary stories through the fictional Brinkman family.  The episodes run for approximately twenty-six minutes and according to their website, “contains a Biblical theme, lesson, and compelling drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat.   Using modern sound effects, original music, and superb writing, Brinkman Adventures are ‘Movies for the Ears’.”

Season 6: Underground Rising contains the following episodes:

55 Dutch Underground Part 1
56 Dutch Underground Part 2
57 Twice Born Fly
58 I Wonder Why?
59 Free Burma Rangers Part 1
60 Free Burma Rangers Part 2

You can find the real stories behind these episodes here.  On this page, you will see pictures, stories, videos and more about what inspired the adventures. One thing we really loved about the “Real Stories” page on the Brinkman Adventures’ website was the inclusion of the “Making It Work” section.  This includes a Logline, the theme, and additional commentary.  I feel these items lend themselves to enriching family discussions and activities such as notebooking pages or other activities to help reinforce the stories.

As our family began listening to the Dutch Underground in our van, the intensity of the story captivated our entire family.  We could actually picture ourselves in the story.  The despair and courage faced by individuals in countries the Nazis captured come through.  We discussed whether we thought we would have the courage to put our own lives at risk for others.  This segued into a conversation about the early members of the church like the Apostle Paul, being willing to die for their belief in Jesus Christ.  Then we moved into a discussion about how Isis tortured and killed those who believed in Jesus Christ.  So we discussed what courage it took to be willing to lay down our lives for Jesus Christ.

As we listened to “Twice Born Fly”, we loved how the opening had the family gathering around the table and discussing what they were thankful that day.  We try to always eat dinner as a family, and often I try to have our children and my husband say what we are grateful for, so we could definitely relate to this portion of the episode.  But as the story progressed, we found ourselves confused by the episode.  Jack begins telling a story about being in prison and an event that occurred while there.  We just could not imagine Jack being in jail.  When he finally gets to the end of the tale, he reveals how it was actually a dream.  At that point, it made a lot more sense to our family.  We loved how even one of the daughters in the episode commented about not remembering hearing about her father being in prison.

When we began listening to “I Wonder Why?”, My children discussed how they could relate to the family picking up and moving.  Even though we are not missionaries, we are military.  So far our family has relocated 3 times, courtesy of the military.  Each time, some if not all of my children have had moments where they questioned why we had to move.  But in the end, the family we heard about recognized God’s hand in them being where they were.  Similarly, my children have come to terms with where we were stationed at, if not developing a genuine like for the location.  We also discussed how people rather than actual places make someplace home.

In the final two-part episode, we learned about Dave Eubanks, his family, and their life in Burma.  My husband and I loved where he finally convinces the woman he loved to marry him.  Despite numerous rejections, he persisted until he received the answer of “Yes!”

We found it fascinating to listen to the part where the Brinkman family came to visit.  When Jack and his children go off with Dave and some other members of his team, we were sure some kind of adventure was going to take place.  I am not sure we expected to have them involved in a potentially life-threathening conflict with the opposition.  Nor did we expect them to assist a woman who wound up giving birth during their attempt to make it to the safe camp.  But in the end, we saw that as Romans 8:28 (KJV) states, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Dave and Karen Eubanks definitely were following God’s direction for their lives and received the blessings of that obedience.  We also discussed how sometimes it can be hard to hear God’s voice, but often at those times, we can receive some small bit that later shows God’s hand was upon us the entire time.

 

Last year we had the privilege of reviewing Season 4 of the Brinkman Adventures.  You can review that review here.  You can also find Brinkman Adventures on Facebook here.

So if your family is like our family, and your family enjoys listening to  Audio Dramas check out the digital version of Season 6: Underground Rising from Brinkman Adventures for yourselves.  Click here or on the graphic below if you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew who also received this audio drama.

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Review of CashCrunch Careers from CashCrunch Games

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 Our 17-year-old son, our 15-year-old daughter, my husband and I all took the CashCrunch Careers survey from CashCrunch Games.  Even though our son and daugther already basically know what they want to do with the rest of their lives, I felt they would benefit from this opportunity for career exploration.  The opportunity to look at what colleges are looking for plus examining their own strengths and weaknesses would be productive as well.  Because my husband is nearing retirement from the military, we felt this would be a useful tool for him to utilize as well.  Because I am looking at possibly making a change once our daughter graduates in a few years, I felt I should also take this survey.

CashCrunch Games offers a variety of games. Blog posts, podcasts and more to help teach money habits.  Paul Vasey, the founder of CashCruch Games, holds a Business degree from Nottingham Trent University.  After being a teacher for some years, he decided to put his talk into practice to make a difference.  “Play our games and make the mistakes in a virtual world where the games can be restarted, and the environment is fun and nonintimidating.” displays prominently on their “About Us” page.

The CashCrunch Careers survey aims to simplify the process of finding a career.  The survey takes about 10 – 15 minutes to complete and consists of a series of questions where the participant selects one or the other of the choices.  Once completed, the system matches you with careers which best match your work styles and attributes and generates a comprehensive report.

The one problem that all the members of our family had was the difficulty in making selections.  We felt like either the choices were so very similar that making a decision difficult.  Or, the selections did not really reflect who we were personally.  My husband and son both expressed the same frustration.  Because they both have a reasonably good idea of where they want to go in the future, I was not too concerned about them doing the survey.  For myself, I merely wanted to do the survey just to see what the system would generate.  Our son stated how people are not black and white, so basing an assessment on such a formula seems to be really lacking something.

The Career Reports are broken down into four sections:  Career Work Styles, Motivators & De-motivators, Career Attributes, and Matching Jobs.  For the Career Work Styles, I found myself questioning the results.  It said I thrive in team environments, but that is only true if the team I am working with is competent.  Otherwise, I definitely prefer to work alone.  When it came to the Motivators & De-Motivators, I felt like the list was pretty accurate.

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When we began reading the actual reports, the three of us felt like the results were reasonably appropriate based on who we are for the first three sections.  However, when we got to the final part about  career suggestions we were disappointed.

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As my two children began to examine their selections, we were baffled by the lists.  Both of our children want to go into fields in the arts, but neither one of them received anything in the arts.  Our son wants to do something in music, while our daughter wants to go into the graphic novel industry.  So we were really disappointed in the actual career suggestions.  The videos included in the CashCrunch Careers section leave a lot to be desired.  They appear to be dated and disappointing given the quality of today’s videos.  I feel today’s youth will be unimpressed by the videos.

While the first three sections provide excellent information, the last one really disappointed our family.  However, we believe improvments may be made.  If only for the information provided from the first three sections and then ability to examine careers of our own choosing, this product definitely was worth reviewing.

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Tasty Tuesdays for October 9, 2018

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For this installment of Tasty Tuesdays, instead of focusing on meals my husband or myself prepared, I am going to highlight our two oldest children (both sons).  Our second child and second son makes a fantastic curry, and every once in a while, I ask him to fix it for our family.  It is something he does fantastic cooking.  Yesterday he prepared his curry for us.  Only this time, he did a few things differently (and because he prefers to not be in photos, I am going to have to write about it rather than show you pictures).  This time, he added freshly grated ginger root and 2 freshly grated apples.  Also, he added soy sauce, ketchup, and a few other miscellaneous ingredients along with the two boxes of Mild Curry Mix we bought at the store.

I have to say it turned out fantastic.  Our son began cooking the meal in the morning, so it simmered for a good portion of the day.  Our house smelled incredible, and he kept us laughing for most of the day…  The end result was incredible.  The only disappointment was the lack of leftovers.  Because he is also my son who loves noodles, he served it over noodles.  I have to say the meal was a complete success.

Today our oldest son and I had to go out and do some errands since he did not have to work.  So while we were out, we picked up some London broil so he could try out the new dehydrator he bought a few weeks ago.  He broke out the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and other seasonings and began marinading the meat.  So here are some pictures of that.

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I can not wait to try this.  Now it will marinade overnight, and then tomorrow, my son will continue the process.  I will be back to post more pictures.

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Review of Forensic Faith For Kids and Case Makers Academy from David C Cook

 

With a son who has had aspirations to become a police officer, books and other items relating to forensic science and detective work draw my attention.  For the past several weeks we have been learning how to be detectives with the Case Makers Academy’s Forensic Faith for Kids provided by David C Cook. I felt like this would be an excellent experience for our younger two, who are both in high school.  Because our son who may desire to work in law enforcement, I felt like this was a perfect match for our family.

David C Cook offers a variety of Biblically based resources around the world.  Millions love their products, and those products have been translated into 150 different languages while being distributed in 170 different countries.  Through the years, our family has frequently used their Sunday School materials at churches we have attended.

The Case Makers Academy offers a wealth of resources to be used with  Forensic Faith for Kids.  This group of products is an excellent way of teaching apologetics by examing crime scenes with a real detective.  Families have the opportunity to watch videos, complete training activity sheets, develop their very own Academy Notebook, and utilize the Adult Leader Guide. All of these resources are available at the Case Makers Academy link.

The recommended age range for Forensic Faith for Kids is ages 8-12.  Even though our children are 15-years-old and 17-years-old, I was sure they would find enjoyment in these products.  We decided to read the book out loud, and then my goal was for the children to complete the activities on their own.  This book is one book of a series of three currently.  I have to say our family enjoyed the book.  I wish these had been around a few years ago for our second son.  Detective J. Warner Wallace and his wife provide an engaging look into cold cases with a twist where a group of friends.  I love how there is also an adult version available, so parents or other older individuals in the student’s life can participate as well.

Readers follow Daniel, Hannah, and Jason as they work to solve a case involving a puppy who mysteriously appears.  Along with reading the book, families can visit the Case Makers Academy to complete additional activities about what they have been learning.  For example, for Chapter 7, the students fill out a note sheet about what we should say.  The students get to answer open-ended questions as well as complete fill-in-the-blank questions.

 

Forensic faith is a way of examining the world around us and finding God’s handiwork.   This book and the academy allow children to investigate God’s Existence while finding out the truth about God.  This Christian book for kids does a remarkable job of pulling the reader in and capturing their imaginations.  Our family loved how the authors pull the reader in as though he/she was present and participating in the story.  Throughout the book, there are side boxes with informative information, questions, and Scripture passages to refer to, we decided to answer these orally rather than having everyone writing them out.  It led to more in-depth conversations.

Another thing we loved about this book and online academy was the way everything was tied up at the end.  But throughout the story, clues and evidence was obtained by the group. Even though it appeared like many times the answers they were getting led to more questions, by the end of the book everything came together about the puppy.    We also loved how the authors made it clear everything happens in God’s timing rather than our timing.  Here are some pictures of a few of the Academy pages, Leader Guide pages, and the Academy notebook sheets.

 

I love how at the end of the Case Makers Academy, there are certificates and even a badge to print out.

 

You can find David C Cook on social media on Facebook, by clicking here.

Teaching young children about apologetics can be a daunting task, however, Forensic Faith for Kids and Case Makers Academy provided by David C Cook does an excellent job of reaching children on their level.  If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

 

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Thoughts for Tuesdays -October 2, 2018

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So last week saw something things come into our home.  First, we had the pleasure of having Mr. Tom Rye and his wife of the Oklahoma Home School Band come to our home.  They drove to Texas to visit our Victoria Home School Band director, meet our director in person and also bring our family and another family some instruments.  Hands down, we definitely won the largest instrument contest because our oldest son acquired both an Upright bass and a full-size cello.  These two instruments are almost so big, they take up almost all of the space in the back of our 12-passenger van.

Then our youngest son acquired a bass clarinet along with a full-size viola.  The best part about getting the bass clarinet was the private instruction he received from Mr. Tom Rye in our home.  It really made our son’s weekend.  While deciding between the three violas we were offered, the decision ended up being fairly clear cut.  Our son is really pleased with that instrument as well.

Here is a picture of our son with the winning cello.

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And because it is Tuesday, here are some pictures of tasty things we have eaten recently.  These include pork chops, a cake our oldest son made as a result of a challenge from work, and a meal my husband and I ate at Jason’s Deli.

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Review of the By the Way Book Series from By the Way Books

 


By the Way  publishes wonderful travel books for kids such as Alaska ~ By The Way from the By the Way Book Series.  Because our family is military, throughout the years, we have been asked where we would choose to live outside the contiguous forty-eight states and our first choice has always been Alaska.  So I was thrilled for our family to have the opportunity to review this book.  This series of books is a fun way of learning about state history from a unique perspective.

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The books examine the lives of Alex and Lexi who are brother and sister.  In the book Alaska ~ By the Way, the two travel to Alaska with their parents.  They experience time on a ship, time in some of the cities, and even time in the air traveling from one place to another. Our family loved the details included about how local people live, the wildlife, the plants and flowers and even economic information.  The details included are incredible.  We found facts to suprise us -such as the information regarding the Wasilla Farmers Market and the size and quantity of fruit and vegetables produced.  There were also some things we already knew – such as the numbers of daylight versus darkness between the winter and summer.  Of course, we knew that becuase we have friends who moved to Alaska about 2 years ago to pastor a church along with their two sons.

The By the Way Book Series includes a group of books that each serve as part of a larger series of books that elaborate on a different state and the unique characteristics and information about the state. Each book shares a common thread of being geographically based with a Christian worldview.  According to their website on their “About Page”, “It is our hope with the By The Way Book Series to change that number and enable scriptural and positive conversations within Christian homes. These books are great to use for your children’s home school curriculum, family devotions or even summer reading.”

Joy Budensiek wrote these books with the aim of getting families to talk to one another.  I  feel like her books demonstrated her love for the Lord and a desire to help children connect with the Lord on a personal and meaningful level, while encouraging families to connect in a meaningful and in-depth manner.  On the By the Way website, I found a statement that captured my attention, “By the Way Series was born from the shock of a simple statement by Dr. Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries. ‘19 out of 20 Christian parents and grandparents do not talk to their children about God and spiritual truths in their daily lives’.” 

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At the beginning of the book, as seen above, there are pictures for children to find while reading the books.  Even with the ages of our children ranging from 22 to 15, they still love searching for and finding pictures.  Although we have not had a chance to do everything we want to yet with this book, I have plans for our 15-year-old daugther and 17-year-old son to pick some things from the book to draw and/or write about in the coming days.  I can not wait to see what they come up.  I can see them creating totem poles, drawing ships and city-scapes, pictures of gardens and wildlife and more.  I can see them writing about the local people, the cities, the life-style and more. One activity I definitey plan on having them do is write an account of where they would like to visit in Alaska and why.

The latest books in the By the Way Book Series are New York City ~By the Way, Indiana ~ By the Way, Alaska ~ By the Way (which is the one we received), and Ireland ~ By the Way.  Other books already published in the series include:  Smoky Mountains ~ Here We Come!. Florida’s Treasure Coast ~ Here We Come!,  Pennsylvania ~ Here We Come!, Ohio ~ Here We Come!, and Colorado ~ By the Way.  There are more books planned for the series.

 

I wish these books had been around when our children were younger. I know they would have enjoyed them.  However, even now, with our youngest being 15-years-old, these books still provide a wealth of information that our entire family was able to enjoy.  These books provided the type of trivia my family loves to learn about and share with others.  The books are perfect for reading aloud, especially when riding in the van together.

You can find By the Way Books on Facebook.  Our family was very glad we had the opportunity to review Alaska ~ By The Way from the By the Way Book Series.  If you would like to read other reviews by members of the Home School Review Crew of the  most recent books in this series, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder from Roman Roads Media

 

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If your goals is a classical education, then studying Latin is a must and Roman Roads Media‘s  Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder from Roman Roads Media.  I was thrilled that our entire family had the opportunity to review this product.  Currently in our home, we have my husband and myself, our 22-year-old son, our 19-year-old son, our 17-year-old son, our 15-year-old daughter and my almost 80-year-old mother.  I was thrilled for everyone in our family to have the opportunity to review this product.

Roman Roads Media states on their website, ” Roman Roads specializes in classical curriculum for home and classroom use. We craft our courses to delight both students and their parents.” They offer products for old Western culture, Rhetoric, Logic, Latin, Poetry and History.

Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder is designed for students in junior high school, high school, and college.  It focuses on general vocabulary, which includes verbs, adjectives, prepositions and nouns.  It helps students develop proficiency in reading Latin.  It is meant to assist students with a deeper understanding by using pictures, audio clips, and more.  The program includes a 14-month subscription once activated.  Additional family members can be added for a reduced rate.

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I love the fact there are several different difficulty levels, so multiple family members can use it regardless of age.  For my mother, she thought it would help her retain her memory.  She also loves doing the same school work our children are doing, so this was perfect.  For our oldest son, who is working as a Nursing Assistant, it helps familiarize him with Latin words he may be required to know as he continues progressing in the medical field.  Unfortunately, his work schedule did not really permit him time to use the program.

For our second son who graduated from high school in the spring, it was a way to help keep his educational skills and study skills fresh.  For our youngest two, who are still in school, it was a great way to build their vocabulary.  For my husband and I, I knew it would be good for us to be doing the same work as our children.  Plus, it would help build my husband’s vocabulary and keep his mind sharp.

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There are 212 different campaigns for students to go through.  With each campaign, the students are working on different skills and different vocabulary words.  Students are initially introduced to words regarding maps, school terms, people and family and more.  As students progress through each level, the next level is unlocked.  I love that students can work at a pace that suits them and their ability to learn.  So older students would typically be capable of progressing through the work.  Students who struggle with vocabulary may need to take longer.

The one wish I had for this program was to have some kind of handout to refer to – especially when it cam time to actually spell the words.  I have some children and a husband who often find themselves challenged when it comes to spelling, so this could become a large subject of frustration for them.  To compensate for this, I found it helpful to write down in a notebook each new vocabulary word as it was displayed along with the important information on the screen.  My visual learners loved that there were pictures to go with the terms.  We also loved the fact that the pronunciations were given.  Having never studied Latin formally when I was growing up, I have found I love studying it with the children along with Greek.

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Our family was definitely pleased with this product.  I must state up front, we initially planned on my mother doing this by herself.  However, about the time we received this product, she lost her hearing basically.  So she instead did it with me, when I was working on mine.  She loves doing schoolwork with the family.  I must say she loved this program and was glad to be doing it with our family.

So check out Picta Dicta Vocabulary Builder from Roman Roads Media along with their other products including Fitting Words Classical Rhetoric (complete program) or Picta Dicta Natural World for yourself.

You can find Roman Roads Media on social media at

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RomanRoadsMedia   @romanroadsmedia
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/romanroadsmedia/  @romanroadsmedia
YouTude: https://www.youtube.com/user/romanroadsmedia  @romanroadsmedia
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/romanroadsmedia  @romanroadsmedia

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Review of GrammarPlaneti

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We are finally understanding sentence diagramming with this new online grammar program from GrammarPlanet.  Growing up, I was one of those unusal people who actually enjoyed sentence diagramming.  I was blessed to have teachers who demonstrated and explained sentence diagramming in a way that made sense.  So I wanted the same experience for our children.  I feel it is very important for them to have a good grasp on grammar.  This means they need to have an excellent understanding of the different parts of speech.  I felt GrammarPlanet fit the bill for our family’s needs.  It is an online product, which I find very convenient since it is self-grading for the most part.
GrammarPlanet’s creators are Erin Karl and Jerry Bailey.  GrammarPlanet is the realization of dream that has been years in the making.  It is designed to make grammar education affordable and available to anyone regardless of their background.  This program is meant for homeschoolers as well as public school students.  The program is designed for students ages 10 and up.  Even adults who wish to increase their grammar knowledge will benefit from this program.  Everyone benefits from having a strong grammar foundation.
The philosophy behind GrammarPlanet is  Erin Karl’s mother’s Analytical Grammar, which is a book-based program that has been available to homeschoolers for over two decades.  The love for grammar comes through each and every video.  While the videos are not fancy, it allows the message of the videos to take center stage.  There is little to serve as distractions for the students.
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There are two versions of GrammarPlanet available.  There is a free level that includes ads.  There is also a paid version which is ad-free.   For the purpose of this review, I decided to work through the units myself first before having our teenagers use the program.  Because it is a new program, I felt this was best.
I will say there was definitely a learning curve to using this program.  Each unit gives a list of process steps for completing the exercises.  If I went too fast or tried going out of order, I found I made more mistakes than if I took my time and worked in order.  While I was working through several of the units, my husband was in the room beside me.  He was very impressed by the program and I have a feeling he will wind up going through it at some point.  Several times, he stated he learned something he did  not know or heard terms he was not familiar with before that lesson.
I have to say I have been very satisfied with the order the parts of speech are taught.  I also love that a student can go as fast or slow as they or their parents want them to based on ability.  I also love that at the end of each practice section, the student has the option to continue or come back later.
The one thing I would caution about this program is that if a student misses too many ansywers in the practice exercises, the system will lock them out and a parent will have to unlock the lesson.  At the same time, I like that I have the ability as teacher/parent to reset progress when it is needed.  I also like how the grades display on the screen and are also emailed to me as the parent.  There is little parental involvement required. Upon reaching unit 6, sentence diagramming is introduced, initially with only prepositional phrases.  In the video, students and parents/teachers are advised students can do as little or as much diagramming as desired.  However, cautions are given that failing to do diagramming will cause problems later in the course.  I definitely agree with that caution.  So my children will be required to do sentence diagramming.
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All in all, I have to say I am really pleased with this program and am glad we had the opportunity to review it.  So if you are looking for an online grammar program, check out GrammarPlanet for yourself.  If you would like to read other reviews from members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.
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Sanctified Sunday – September 2, 2018

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According to a search on Google, “sanctified” means:

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verb
past tense: sanctified; past participle: sanctified

set apart as or declare holy; consecrate.
“a small shrine was built to sanctify the site”
synonyms: consecrate, bless, make holy, hallow, make sacred, dedicate to God
“he came to sanctify the site”
make legitimate or binding by religious sanction.
“they see their love sanctified by the sacrament of marriage”
synonyms: approve, sanction, condone, vindicate, endorse, support, back, permit, allow, authorize, legitimize
“we must not sanctify this outrage”
free from sin; purify.
synonyms: purify, cleanse, free from sin, absolve, unburden, redeem
“they sanctified themselves”

The definition of “sanctified” is to set apart as or declare holy. So that is what our family tries to do. Most Sundays we spend at least part of our day at church. However, on some Sundays, like today, we determined it is best for our family to stay home and spend the day as a family. Of course, today we also have company coming over to eat with us. Ever since our oldest son started taking the classes back in June to become a Certified Nursing Assistant at a residential care facility, one of the Certified Nursing Assistants became a good friend to our son. In fact, she drives him back and forth most days. So the other day, when she dropped our son off she came into the house. So my husband asked her when she was going to come to eat with us. Today just happened to work for our schedule and her schedule. So, my husband made a pot of his homemade beef stew and will be making homemade biscuits along with a pot of rice. I will be preparing a salad to go along with our meal. Then we are planning on making a cake for dessert. I always look forward to having company over to eat with us.

Tomorrow is Labor Day in the United States and we will have another friend coming over for dinner. So stay tuned for a post about that either tomorrow or the next day.

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